A woman is facing DUI charges and may be charged with other criminal offenses after being arrested for hitting and killing a pedestrian on U.S. 17/George Washington Memorial Parkway in Gloucester, Virginia (VA). The fatal accident occurred shortly before 6 am on June 7, 2012, near the junction with VA Route 614/Hickory Ford Road.
The mother of the deceased victim told television station WTKR she bore no ill will toward the woman who was driving an SUV under the influence of alcohol when she caused the accident. That is a heart-touching act of forgiveness we all would like to capable of. But as Virginia personal injury and wrongful death attorneys who every day work to help people recover from the damage caused by drunk and drugged drivers, we know that a family's forgiveness does not absolve an at-fault driver of legal liability. For instance, our firm secured a $300,000 settlement for a man who got badly hurt when hae was struck by a drunk driver who left the road and ran onto a sidewalk in Virginia Beach.
Not every person or family whose lives get turned inside out by the negligent and reckless actions of an impaired driver chooses to file a lawsuit. Still, all accident victims should at least speak with an attorney to learn about their legal protections and how to deal with insurance companies. This free report provides a valuable introduction to the steps to take after being involved in a traffic accident in Virginia.